It’s that time of the year when the future potential of young and little-used players gets talked up by the coaches and veteran members of the team. Detroit Lions offensive lineman Jason Fox is one of the first to get lauded as a potential breakout player for the 2013 season.
Fox has battled knee injuries and hasn’t had many opportunities to see game action outside of some special teams play. He has been active for only one game this season but that didn’t keep Scott Linehan from having some glowing remarks about Fox’s future:
“Basically, he’s going to be hitting his stride going into next year. He’s got some position versatility. I’d see him playing a lot of football for us next year.”
Versatility is something the Lions have valued since Jim Schwartz and Martin Mayhew took over. Linehan went on to say that Fox can play guard and didn’t even rule out his ability to play center.
That puts Fox in an interesting position if Linehan’s words are more than glossy coach-speak. Jeff Backus and Dominic Raiola have been mainstays on the Lions’ offensive line for years but might not have a lot of football left in them. Gosder Cherilus is set to become a free agent and the Lions’ guards, Stephen Peterman in particular, haven’t done enough to warrant rubber stamping them into the 2013 lineup based on their incumbent status.
2013 will also see the return of Bill Nagy, who was claimed and shelved on IR after he was cut by the Cowboys in training camp. Nagy started as a rookie for the Cowboys but broke his ankle then suffered a sprain of the same ankle in training camp that required surgery. The Cowboys decided to move on and the Lions could be beneficiaries as a result as Nagy can play guard or center.